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Man Arrested For Trying To Bring Gun Into Great America

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Arthur Olvera (Credit: Gurnee Police Department)

Arthur Olvera (Credit: Gurnee Police Department)

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GURNEE (CBS) — A 20-year-old northwest Indiana man was arrested over the weekend after he allegedly tried to enter the Six Flags Great America amusement park with a loaded .40 caliber handgun.

At 9:41 a.m. Sunday a man and woman had handed in their admission tickets and were in the line waiting to enter the main gate of Six Flags, according to Gurnee police.

All guests at the park pass through a metal detector, police said. But upon approaching the detector, the couple started looking very nervous and refused to go forward, police said. The man eventually jumped out of the line and went back toward the parking lot.

Security officers were shouting for the man to stop but the woman also ran and they eventually went to their truck in the parking lot. A Gurnee police officer working in the park responded with his squad car and saw the man running with his hand holding the waistband of his pants. The officer stopped the vehicle in the parking lot.

When they were stopped, both the man and woman in the pickup placed their hands toward the roof of the vehicle. As the officer approached, the woman yelled out that there was a gun in the truck. She indicated she had a concealed carry permit from Indiana.

The couple was removed from the vehicle, searched and placed in a squad car, police said. A search of the truck found a loaded .40 caliber handgun under the driver’s seat.

The weapon was removed and the couple taken to the Gurnee Police Department. The 20-year-old woman, from Hammond, was released without charges. Her companion, Arthur Olvera, Jr., 21, of Hammond, was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, a Class 4 felony.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2010. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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